Place: Parc Olympique Lyonnais. Lyon.
Date: on the 02nd of October, 2018 (Tuesday)
Match start: 20:00 (GMT+1)
Tournament: Champions League.
The sensation was created by Bruno Génésio‘s team in the first round, having won away match over Manchester City (2:1). That victory has turned the situation in group F upside down and right there has turned the thoughts of neutral fans of this quartet as the most intriguing.
Nevertheless, the Weavers have no problems with result recently in the championship, having won against Marseille (4:2) and Dijon (3:0). If there were no defeats from Reims (0:1) and Nice (0:1) at overwhelming advantage earlier, who knows, it would be possible even to challenge PSG.
The situation in the championship of France develops in such a way that after eight rounds 19 teams need only to fight for the second place. Even the home draw with Nantes (1:1) in the last round didn’t greatly change the positions of Lyon in this fight. Team still takes the third place in the standings. The Weavers on average make 19.5 shots for the match and it is the best indicator in Ligue 1. For the victory over the Citizens11 shots were enough at only three shots on target.
At home stadium the game will be absolutely different, however it is necessary to remember one important detail — the match will be held without audience because of UEFA punishment.
After the draw with Hoffenheim (2:2) the football players of Paulo Fonseca won two meetings of the home championship with total score 9:1. It is clear, that the Champions League where the opening match didn’t add positive emotions to the fans of the team from Donetsk remains the criterion of true force of the Orange and Blacks.
The one who will be chosen by the Portuguese coach of Shakhtar as a pair to Taras Stepanenko in the center of the field remains the main question. Alan Patrick didn’t impress with the game against the background of the Peasants and Maicon is still too young. Though his goal has saved the Miners from the loss.
In the match with Chornomorets (3:0) Fonseca has tried also the scheme with three holding midfielders which is also quite probable variant from his side in future matches.
Two friendly matches took place earlier. In 2011 in Donetsk the match ended with a draw (1:1), three years later within the summer training camps Donetsk has lost with the score 4:1.
Bookmaker coefficients on the match Lyon vs. Shakhtar
Lyon to win – 1.85
Draw – 3.50
Shakhtar – 4.40.
A lot was said about the importance of the center field but the Weavers first of all are strong due to the wings. The wings of the French attack were busy mostly in destroying City but all the same became perfectly straight at the right time. Now they will use the fact that the wingbacks of the rivals of Ismaily and Butko are often used in the attacks and can not always count on reliable defense against the partners from the holding zone. So our verdict is the home win.